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Munmeeth Soni

Munmeeth Soni

Equal Justice Works Fellow

Munmeeth is an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Latham and Watkins.  Munmeeth’s project focuses on expanding the Public Law Center’s asylum practice by providing legal and mental health services to survivors of torture and persecution.  Munmeeth’s project assists immigrant detainees, LGBT immigrants, and others who fear torture and persecution if returned to their country of origin.

Prior to her EJW fellowship, Munmeeth was an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow at PLC providing direct legal services to low-income clients in the area of immigration law. Munmeeth assisted victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and other serious crimes, to gain lawful nonimmigrant status through T and U visas. Munmeeth also assisted victims of domestic violence petition for lawful permanent resident status under the Violence Against Women Act.

Prior to joining PLC in 2009, Munmeeth practiced business litigation at a boutique firm in downtown Los Angeles. Munmeeth graduated cum laude from the American University, Washington College of Law, in May 2007 and received the T. Morton McDonald Scholarship Award, a graduation award for excellence in legal research, for her paper researching why immigrants were given the right to vote in post-bellum South. She was also a finalist in the 2006 Cathy Bennett Criminal Trial Competition sponsored by the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers. During law school, Munmeeth clerked at the ACLU-MD and spent a summer working with a human rights organization in Cairo, Egypt. Munmeeth was a board member of the Equal Justice Foundation and a member of the South Asian Bar Association.

Prior to law school, Munmeeth spent three years working for the South Asia program of the Social Science Research Council in Washington, DC. At the SSRC, Munmeeth helped execute various interdisciplinary research programs focusing on cutting-edge issues relating to refugees, migration, visual anthropology, sexuality, and human rights in South Asia.

Munmeeth graduated with honors in the College of Social Studies from Wesleyan University in 2001.  She is fluent in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu and Spanish.


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